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HLWW School District 2687 Board Minutes


Thursday, February 28, 2002 8:00 P.M.


The Special School Board Meeting of the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted ISD #2687 was called to order at 8:00 p.m. on February 28, 2002. After the Pledge of allegiance, roll was taken with members present: Eugene Lorentz, James Raymond, Charles Weber, Ken Zimmerman, Charlie Borrell, James Fowler, John Lideen. Also present were Superintendent Riley Hoheisel, Principals Julie Millerbernd, Mike Day and Dean Wessman, and Board Secretary Marilyn Greeley.

Chair Raymond opened the floor to approve the Agenda of the February 28, 2002 Special School Board Meeting. Hoheisel stated that two to three items under Superintendent reports should be added. Weber moved to approve the agenda of the February 28, 2002 Special School Board meeting with the addition; Lideen seconded; passed unanimously.

Hoheisel stated that March 5, 2002 would be Precinct Caucus night. He also said the Life Skills Course may be able to change to an elective. An error was made in the initial budget projection for outcome of 2001-2002 and for the 2002-2003 budget, said Hoheisel, and he would be finalizing the numbers with the Principals in a meeting next week.

Wessman reported on the Life Skills class, and asked the Board to think about changing this class to an elective. The DCAC will be discussing this in the March meeting and he will bring the information to the March School Board Meeting to see what the district would like to do. Some of the concerns about the Life Skills class are the inability to fit the class into the schedules of the students. It may be best taken as an independent study class. The MEEP Team has worked together for awhile on this idea. If taught as an elective the school counselor could encourage students to take the class. Band and Choir are a conflict with the class currently. There are two standards in this class, but one could be taken out and put in Senior Health. So the question is should this be an elective class or a standard, said Wessman.

Lorentz reported that the Spring Wellness Program will be March 11, through May 10. Team selection will be at random, and a Board Member should be on each team.

Raymond read the 2001-2002 District Goals. Weber motioned to remove working with Lester Prairie to consider consolidation; Lorentz seconded; passed unanimously.

Each Board Member had an idea or comment regarding the goal; Complete Programming for New Grades 9-12 High School by Working with Architect. Raymond asked what we wanted to put in as a goal. Lideen said get rid of the old goal. Borrell motioned to remove this as a goal; Lideen seconded. Fowler commented that the Board was well aware of the space issues years ago, and we had a plan that didn't work. The public does not want to sit in on another task force because the last one did not work. Borrell said we didn't need a task force that was the School Boards decision. Lideen said we need to do something soon. He didn't want to see a 'Band Aid' approach. Lideen asked about the purchase agreement on the land, and if there were any legal issues that need to be addressed. Raymond responded that when the time limit runs out, and if the district does nothing, the land goes back to the owner. Lorentz included that the district would only loose the interest if we did nothing. Raymond read the notice that stated if nothing was done by December 31, 2002; the agreement would become null and void. Raymond repeated the motion to eliminate the 9-12 High School. Those in favor-Zimmerman, Borrell, Lideen; opposed-Raymond, Fowler, Weber, Lorentz; the goal remains, Complete Programming on all school facilities including the Bus Barn. Raymond commented that it was only a goal. Hoheisel suggested a meeting with someone from the CFL to tell the Board what the requirements are and what the process is for a Bond Issue. Raymond said to call the CFL and set up a date when they could come out to answer questions, and let the Board members know so they could call a Special Meeting.

Lorentz asked if there were any other questions for the Superintendent candidates. Lideen said he would like to review some applications and may come up with a few more questions. Lorentz stated that the application deadline was March 15, 2002, and the goal is to have someone here before Hoheisel leaves the end of June. Lorentz said we have 29 applications as of today. Lorentz said we need to have the questions finalized by March 4, 2002.

Public comments; Bruce Jagodzinski commented that he was disappointed that there were not more people here. He also said he was glad that the Board did not table the new High School, the people voted against the location not the High School. He also said to get the information to the people, and to concentrate on an idea that will pass. Tell the people what the problem is, not what your idea is. If each Board member has an idea, put them in the paper and have the people respond as to which one they like the best.

Randy Heuer cautioned the Board not to proceed as a "committee of the whole". The two new members need to make sure that they understand that the Board has been through this before. The task force is for the heads of the communities input. We need to keep kids in our district, and make sure they are receiving the best education. Why do 300 some leave every year?

Borrell commented that he appreciated the input. He didn't mean to cut the public out, but that ultimately it was the Boards decision. Lideen said the task force is not the only way to communicate, and as a member of the Laker Pride Committee he would bring this information to the next meeting.

Raymond commented that the task force was a businessperson from each community and was a good cross section of all the communities. Borrell said he didn't mean to speak ill of the task force. Zimmerman said we need publics help. Raymond said we had a good discussion, and thanked everyone for their comments.

Lorentz moved to adjourn the meeting; Fowler seconded; adjourned at 9:31 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

James A. Fowler, Clerk

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